We spent this past Saturday working with the Mission Continues community service group helping plant a butterfly garden at the downtown Orlando Coalition for the Homeless, children’s play area. Not only were we able to help the homeless shelter (stepping foot on property is very humbling), we were also able to engage some of our veterans recently returned from Afghanistan and/or Iraq.
Here’s a link to their site should you be interested in learning more.
Daughter #1 was at West Point a few years back and met former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, the founder and has had an interest ever since in working with this organization. Here’s how they started (info from their web site);
The Mission Continues was founded in 2007 after CEO Eric Greitens returned home from service in Iraq as a Navy SEAL. Upon his return, Eric visited with wounded Marines at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. Without exception, each Marine expressed an unwavering desire to continue serving his country, even if he could no longer do so in the military. One young Marine even said this: “I lost my legs – that is all. I did not lose my desire to serve, or my pride in being an American.” Inspired, Eric used his own combat pay and two friends pitched in their military disability checks to found The Mission Continues.
We had a wonderful time, even though it rained and soaked us right down the the underwear!